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Villas and Gardens of the Cote d'Azur

7 nights starting from
£1495

Join Nicholas Merchant, Chairman of the Art Fund West Yorkshire Fundraising Committee, to explore the extraordinary array of rich estates on France's Cote d'Azur.

Gain an insight into the world of the rich and glamorous in this playground of the jet-set for more than a century, with Nicholas using his expertise to help you delve deeper into the treasure trove of antiques that these sumptuous villas house. The group size on this tour is limited to 25 passengers to ensure that smaller sites can be visited and that you get a high level of attention.

Available Departures

From

23 - October - 2017 £ 1495.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 23rd October 2017 at 08:55

Returning: 30th October 2017 at 18:10

09 - April - 2018 £ 1545.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 09th April 2018 at 08:55

Returning: 16th April 2018 at 18:10

23 - April - 2018 £ 1545.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings

St Pancras

Departing: 23rd April 2018 at 08:55

Returning: 30th April 2018 at 18:10

ITINERARY

Day 1: Travel by Eurostar from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Lille and onwards to Nice by TGV.
On arrival transfer to hotel for check in for seven-night stay on bed and breakfast basis. 

Day 2:  Morning visit to the Serre de la Madone.
Situated in the hills behind Menton, this 9 hectare terraced garden was the creation of Lawrence Johnston, better known for his creation of Hidcote in the Cotswolds. Plants from Burma, China and South Africa thrive in this gently and sunny climate. It has now been restored after a period of decline. In the afternoon you will have some free time to spend in the town of Menton. A favourite resort for the English in the 19th century, including Queen Victoria, this town enjoys one of the most beneficent climates along this coast. Highlights include the Musee Cocteau, the Salle des Mariages in the Town Hall and the Basilica of St Michel is a magnificent example of baroque architecture. Evening talk will be 'The Creation of the Cote d'Azur', by Nicholas Merchant, Chairman of the Art Fund West Yorkshire Fundraising Committee who has lectured extensively on the decorative arts both for Branches of The Arts Society and independently in America, South Africa and Europe. Dinner tonight will be at the hotel.

Day 3: Morning visit to the Villa Thuret,
an unfamiliar garden to many, featuring many rare plants, among them the first eucalyptus grown on the Cote d'Azur set in four hectares. In the afternoon we will visit Antibes and the Picasso Museum.

Day 4:  A full day free to explore the delights of Nice at your own leisure.
France's fifth largest city, Nice has been a popular destination of the rich and famous including Queen Victoria for some 150 years. It is a wonderful city to explore with several distinctive districts, a wealth of galleries and museums, lovely port and famed Promenade des Anglais. Nice was Italian until 1860 reflected in the pastel facades and balconies of the old town which have a distinctly Italiante feel. Nice is overflowing with things to see and do - highlights include several museums including the Chagall, Matisse, Modern Art and Beaux-Arts, characterful flower market area, 17th century Palais Lascaris, Russian Church and much more. Evening talk will be 'Queen Victoria in the South of France', by Nicholas followed by dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 5:  Morning visit to Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild at Cap Ferrat.
Built in 1895 for the enormously wealthy Beatrice de Rothschild, this pink, treasure-filled palace sits atop the promontory surrounded by its own lush gardens. Lunch is included in the villa's elegant restaurant overlooking the bay. After lunch we visit Villa Kerylos, one of the most extraordinary villas on the coast. Designed as a recreation of an ancient Greek Villa, this houses teeters on the water's edge, its rooms filled with furniture and artefacts taken from images on ancient Greek Vases.

Day 6:  A day of art today as we head firstly to St Paul de Vence and visit the Foundation Maeght.
One of the great galleries of France, this privately funded establishment dating from 1964 has an enormous range of paintings, ceramics, stained glass and sculpture by Giacometti, Miro, Chagall, Calder and Braque to name but a few. Built by the Catalan architect Jose-Luis Sert, the building is itself an astonishing sight. Following some free time in St Paul de Vence, one of the most famous of the hill-villages of the region has proved a magnet for artists, and now contains not only galleries but also offers from its ramparts breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside and the sea. Return to Menton via Cagnes sur Mer where the Maison les Collettes contains ten of the paintings of Auguste Renoir who lived here up to this death in 1919.

Day 7:  An excursion just over the border into Italy takes us to the 100 acre Villa Hanbury gardens laid out by Sir Thomas Hanbury in the mid-19th century.
A dramatic site on a promontory the garden is planted with a wide range of specimens ranging from succulents to rose and plants indigenous to the site. Afternoon, return via Villa Val Rahmeh (above Menton) a garden created by an Englishman, Sir Percy Radcliffe, former Governor of Malta. A private domain, now an outstation of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.  Evening talk will be 'English Gardeners in the South of France', by Nicholas followed by a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 8: Transfer to Nice station for return TGV to Paris and onwards by Eurostar to Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 25 passengers.

INCLUDED

  • Return standard class Eurostar and TGV from St Pancras or Ebbsfleet to Nice via Lille/Paris 
  • Seven nights' bed and breakfast at the three-star Quality Hotel Mediterranee, Menton, based on shared occupancy of a twin room
  • One dinner at the hotel and two dinners at local restaurants
  • One lunch at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild 
  • Full coaching itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Talks and accompanied visits by Nicholas Merchant, Chairman of the West Yorkshire Art Fund
  • Tour manager throughout

NOT INCLUDED

  • Single room supplement 
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Room upgrade to a Privilege Room
  • Standard Premier/1st Class upgrade on Eurostar/TGV. On Eurostar this constitutes upgraded seating and light meal with complimentary drink with upgraded seating only on the French railway leg
  • Meals other than those stated 
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls
  • Porterage and gratuities 

PLEASE NOTE: as with most trains, passengers are responsible for carrying baggage onto and off the train. Baggage can be stored on overhead shelves or at the entrance to the carriages. Trollies are available at St Pancras, but bags do need to be carried onto the platform.

Travel Editions recommends a luggage delivery service called thebaggageman, where your suitcase can be picked up from your home before departure and delivered straight to your hotel; therefore removing the worry about carrying your cases onto and off the trains. Please click here for more information and we have arranged a 10% discount exclusive to Travel Editions clients off the thebaggageman service. Tel: 01844 264890.

HOTELS

Quality Hotel Mediterranee, Menton
This comfortable three-star hotel is ideally located in the centre of Menton. The hotel's panoramic terrace offers wonderful views of the gardens, hills and the sea as a backdrop, and the terrace bar provides a relaxing area opened daily - a great place to relax with a cocktail enjoying the view after a long day sightseeing. Bedrooms have private bathroom facilities, air conditioning, telephone, TV, minibar, hairdryer, safe, free wi-fi and tea/coffee making facilities. Alternatively you can upgrade to a Privilege Room (subject to availability) which has proved popular with our clients, as rooms are much more spacious and brighter, all have a balcony and the use of bath robes and slippers, as well as the above facilities included in standard rooms. Costing just an extra £45 per person for the duration of the tour.

Quality Hotel Mediterranee Website

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Thankyou my 60th birthday fabulous

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We flew down and were glad that we did. I would suggest that you provide this as an option

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A very enjoyable tour with an excellent lecturer and manager. Coach driver very calm especially in very narrow roads(!) and helpful too.

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An enjoyable week.

Review by Mrs Margaret Ritman who travelled 24-October-2016


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I give administration 'poor' because, despite writing and phoning, I received a total of 11 sets (10 pages EACH) of final info!. And I have to mark accommodation as only 'satisfactory' as I found the bathroom lighting and fittings hopeless for an elderly person. The Tour Manager was excellent and so was the lecturer. They couldn't have been bettered.

Review by Mrs Jill Bristow who travelled 24-October-2016


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I cannot give you marks for administration since you sent me a total of ELEVEN 10-page-copies of final instructions despite writing and phoning (twice) to stop them coming!! And I did not use either flight/ferry or train. Both the courier and the lecturer were SO caring, kind and informative.. They couldn't have been bettered. You don't ask, but the hotel could have been ...............

Review by Mrs Jill Bristow who travelled 24-October-2016


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